Daryl Powell

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Daryl Powell
Powell in 2011
Personal information
Full name Daryl A. Powell
Born (1965-07-21) 21 July 1965 (age 56)
Ackworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Playing information
Position Centre, Stand-off, Loose forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1984–95 Sheffield Eagles
1988–90 Balmain Tigers 4 2 0 0 8
1991 Gold Coast 13 1 0 0 4
1997 Keighley
1998–01 Leeds 79 12 0 2 50
Total 96 15 0 2 62
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–96 Great Britain 27 2 0 0 8
1995 England 4 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2001–02 Leeds 59 34 1 24 58
2008–13 Featherstone 137 104 3 30 76
2013– Castleford Tigers 49 27 3 19 55
Total 245 165 7 73 67
Source: Rugby League Project

Daryl A. Powell (born (1965-07-21) 21 July 1965 (age 56) in Ackworth, West Riding of Yorkshire) is an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s, '90s and 2000s, and current coach. He is the head coach of Castleford Tigers. He is a former Stand-off for Keighley, Sheffield Eagles and Leeds. He played over 450 games including 33 caps for Great Britain and made appearances in the Super League Grand Final and in the Rugby League Challenge Cup final (twice) for Leeds. At Sheffield he formed a key partnership with Mark Aston and holds the club record for the most individual tries in a match (5) and did hold the record for most career tries (114) until this was broken by Menzie Yere in 2013.

Playing career

Powell was selected to go on the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand. His Testimonial match at Sheffield Eagles took place in 1994. He played for England in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. Powell played for Leeds at stand-off half in their 1998 Super League Grand Final loss to Wigan.

Coaching career

After he retired from playing in 2001, he became coach of Leeds. In 2003 he became Director of Rugby after Leeds appointed Tony Smith as head coach, and was also head coach of the Ireland national rugby league team. He was later involved at York, who had formed a strategic partnership with Leeds.

In 2004 Powell was coach of the Ireland.[1]

In July 2005 he made the switch to rugby union when he became the offensive coach and matchday manager for Leeds Tykes. In January 2006 he was promoted to head coach but the season ended in disappointment when the Tykes were relegated.

He was appointed head coach of Featherstone Rovers in September 2008. He currently resides in Badsworth with his wife Janice and his two daughters Kegan and Briana.

He led Featherstone Rovers to the League Leaders' Shield in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Grand Final Championship in 2011, The European Championship Trophy in 2012 and the famous Challenge Cup 23-16 win over Super League side and local rivals Castleford in 2012.

On the 7th of May he was announced as the New Head Coach of Featherstone's local Rivals Castleford Tigers.

Daryl had a great first full season with the Tigers and was recognised for his success, being awarded the Coach of the Year award for 2014, after getting the club to their first Wembley appearance for 20 years, also coaching the Tigers to their highest league position since Superleague began. Despite losing Man of Steel and Craig Huby in the close season, Daryl is looking forward to 2015 at the Tigers, with a number of exciting signings to add to his talented squad.

Contemporaneous article extract

"Daryl Powell Centre. Signed for Sheffield from Redhill ARLFC after being a British Amateur Rugby League Association Youth cap and became the Eagles’ very first pro player back in 1984. Subsequently became their first international in the 1989–90 season and established himself as a Test player on the 1990 Lions tour. Sheffield Eagles captain, he starred in the most recent Ashes Test series."[2]


  1. "Ireland plan to give it a go" (5 November 2004) bbc.co.uk
  2. Merlin (01/08/1991). The Official Rugby league Collection (Card 155 of 160). Merlin. ISBN n/a

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dean Lance
Leeds Rhinos

Succeeded by
Tony Smith